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August 3, 2011

Experts' Experts: Anesthetizing a horse


Caption for the photo above, from The Guardian's Eyewitness series: "A horse is hoisted on to a surgery table for an operation at Newmarket equine hospital, Suffolk, which provides veterinary and emergency care for horses from around the world."

I must say I find it somewhat troubling that while the personnel are in surgical attire with masks on — as should be the case in any human operating room observing sterile precautions once the instrument trays are opened — mops and buckets (left side of the photo) remain in the room.

What's that about?

[via Richard Kashdan]

August 3, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack

My new favorite treat on a hot day: Dreyer's/Edy's Pineapple Fruit Bars


I espied them in the freezer section last week among my old standbys (Coconut, Pomegranate et al) and bought a box.


But don't take my word for it — here's the gist of a review : "The sunny yellow bars have the sweet taste of perfectly ripe pineapple, with just a little extra sugar added. And there are little bits of pineapple pulp. It's possible that I may have actually eaten two in a row... purely in the name of providing a good review, of course. I mean, what if they weren't as good as I'd thought they were the first time around? You can never be too sure, right? By the second bar, I think they may have actually been better than I'd first thought. Which means the second bar was entirely justified."

August 3, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Amazon Sales Tax Map of the U.S.


The map above accompanies today's Wall Street Journal front page story by Stu Woo about how Amazon views the individual states of the union in its never-ending scorched earth battle against paying each state's sales tax on purchases made by individuals living in them.

Amazon designates states as "Bad", "Neutral" or "Safe": "This illustration is based on a document reviewed by the Wall Street Journal and interviews with former Amazon employees, who said they abided by the company's travel restrictions within the past year. Amazon limits employee business travel to 'bad' states and, to a lesser extent, 'neutral' states, these people said."



the bottom half of the graphic.

August 3, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

World's best ultra-portable speakers


It's not even close.

JBL's On Tour Portable Multimedia Speakers (above and below), which cost about $100 new when they came out, produce unbelievable sound for such a small package.

Beautiful form factor either open or closed, elegant folding closure mechanism for travel, AC or battery power, volume control, 3.5mm stereo jack compatible with iPod, MP3 player or laptop computer.


I bought mine a long, long time ago as a present for someone who turned out never to have even opened the box a couple years after the gift.

So I asked for them back, no problema, and I now happily use them with my new Air.

I'm talking fantastic sound with no distortion at max volume from a device measuring 7" x 3.25" x 1.5".

Alas, long since discontinued.

I found a stylish one in black here for $154.80.

On eBay there were three when I last looked, in various stages of week-long auctions.


August 3, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Living Headstone: QR Code tells a life story

A rest stop, as it were, on the way to putting life highlight videos behind those codes.

From The Presurfer:

Cemetery headstones have not changed appreciably in the past 5,000 years... until now. Quiring Monuments introduces an innovative new approach to memorialization by adding a link to the memorial — a QR-code — which enables users of smart phones to scan and automatically connect to a personalized website, which contains family information in a virtual archive that will remain accessible for future generations.

From the Quiring Monuments site:

Similar to a personal Facebook page, a "Living Headstone" archive site contains information you and friends can add about your loved one, such as: an obituary, family heritage and history, photos, comments by friends and relatives, and even a map to locate the memorial in the cemetery.

Some years ago I read a sci-fi novel (by Robert Sawyer?) about a future where everyone who'd ever lived since the technology appeared was immortalized in a holographic version of "This Is Your Life."

I'm thinking we're about 10-20 years away from that point.


In the meantime, there's this.

August 3, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Stainless Steel Sharpie


Way cool.


Laser-etched barrel.


August 3, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Japanese tsunami — from inside a car

Unedited caption for the video: "Yu Muroga is a Japanese driver. It was his tour took place when the earthquake March 11, 2011. Like most people of his area, he did not feel threatened by the tsumani, as it was far enough from the coast. So he continued to drive and do its job. The HD camera mounted on the dashboard has not only captured the shock but also the moments that followed, where many drivers were stranded by the waters of the tsunami."

[via Joe Peach]

August 3, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Spout Tpot


From Kelowna, Canada-based designer Paige Russell.

Matte white glazed stoneware with wool cozy.

9.75" H x 3.75" Ø.


"Sold out!"

I'm thinking if enough readers ask her for one, she just might bring it back.



August 3, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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